What Are The Odds looks at the current odds from Sky Bet after speculation heightened surrounding the future of midfielder Tom Lawrence at Leicester City.
The Derby Telegraph have stated that the club remain very keen on signing the Welsh international, who has been a player on the move in recent seasons, playing at Ipswich, Cardiff and Blackburn in recent seasons on-loan, so now would seemingly be the perfect time for the 23-year old to settle into a club with regular football. Seemingly the Rams are the favourites and are backed with short 10/11 (1.91) odds. Manager Gary Rowett has already expressed his admiration for the midfielder as the club come to terms with the departure of Tom Ince to newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.
Brighton are an interesting punt at 4/1 (5.00) - the Premier League new boys have already been busy welcoming new recruits and the Seagulls know they can land an experienced, albeit not at top flight level, midfielder that would bolster their squad should they stay up or go back down to the Championship. The Welsh international may indeed have a point to prove ahead of important Welsh international qualifiers and a potential tournament at Russia 2018 - Premier League football would certainly help him stake his claim alongside the likes of Aaron Ramsay and Joe Allen.
Another club on a hard recruitment drive this summer are Aston Villa. The Midlands club have been competitive from the get go, landing John Terry from Chelsea has to be the cherry on the transfer window drive for boss Steve Bruce. Lawrence knows the Championship and the competitiveness required to thrive amongst clubs at that level, so it would be shrewd signing that would certainly compliment marquee signings in the form of a former England captain. Odds of 10/1 (11.0) are of course a bit ‘out there’ and it seems that interest on the part of the Villains is not as great as that of their league rivals Derby, but nevertheless it could be a mover to keep an eye on.
Newcastle United and Burnley are both priced at 14/1 (15.0) however, if one made more sense than the other it would be that of Sean Dyche’s side. With Joey Barton gone and money to spend after the sale of Michael Keane to Everton, the northern club are in need of fresh faces and impetus ahead of another tough looking Premier League campaign. Newcastle though, are strong in midfield and are likely to look for top flight experience over a player who has bounced around the Championship the last few seasons, but boss Rafa Benitez has favoured British recruits so it would be foolish to rule them out completely.
Sunderland are the biggest draw of the outsiders for Lawrence, with promotion key for the Black Cats, the Welshman could play an integral role in cheering the north east locals into a one season only venture below the top flight and in-turn become a club favourite. 16/1 (17.0) certainly makes them big outsiders, but Leeds United and Birmingham City could also have a say in the matter with both being back at 25/1 (26.0).
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